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Routine mammograms are one of those important checks. When breast cancer is found early, the five-year survival rate is 99 percent.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a great time to put your mammogram on the book. But truth is, you can have one any month. Just choose a date and schedule yours. It’s a big step toward reducing your risk for breast cancer. Being proactive now may help you:
Cancer screening exams, like mammograms, are designed to find cancers early when they can be treated with better success.
Here are some ways you can get ready for your mammogram. They just might help make your screening easier.
Millions of women get mammograms every year. Wondering what to do before your exam? Here’s some advice from a mammographer with John Hopkins Medical Imaging:
Be ready to talk about any breast changes or symptoms you’ve noticed. Your health care team needs to know this vital information.
If you see a new doctor or change your screening location, have your previous mammograms sent to the new location before your appointment. This will let the radiologist compare the images and check for changes in your breasts.
After your screening, your results will be sent to your doctor for review. Next, you’ll likely get a letter in the mail with your mammogram results.
Your doctor can let you know when you should have your next screening. The letter may also have recommendations for next steps. Follow up with your doctor about any questions.
After your mammogram, you may earn a $25 gift card. BCBSIL Medicare Advantage members can earn rewards for taking better care of themselves. Just a friendly reminder, you need to register for the Rewards program to earn rewards.
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Originally published 5/30/2017; Revised 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
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